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2014 Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 11:00AM 1 October 2013 (AEST).
About the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project

The Asia Education Foundation’s BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) Project builds intercultural understanding between students in Australia and our neighbours in Asia through innovative school partnerships. Australian teachers are connected with peers in Asia through face-to-face visits and social media. The Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project currently operates in Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand.

BRIDGE recognises that intercultural understanding is essential to equip young people to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century as responsible local and global citizens. It aims to support students to develop intercultural understanding and to develop teacher skills and capacities to equip them to undertake this work in schools. 

The program aims to:

  • develop intercultural understanding

  • support teacher professional learning around the use of innovative technologies 
  • provide opportunities for teachers, students and school communities to engage and learn with partner schools in Asia

  • support the implementation of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians and the Australian Curriculum

Established in 2008, the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project is an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Institute and the Asia Education Foundation. To date, the project has established 96 Australia-Indonesia school partnerships and directly involved 384 Australian and Indonesian teachers. BRIDGE is an important part of the Australian Government’s education partnership with the Government of Indonesia and complements current education priorities around strengthening Asia literacy in Australian schools. AusAID has committed to fund the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project until 2015. 

The objectives of the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project are to:

  1. create and support school-to-school partnerships.

  2. develop the intercultural knowledge and skills of all participants.
  3. develop the ICT knowledge and skills of all participants.

  4. build professional knowledge and skills, including strategies of effective teaching practice.

  5. provide particular support to developing Basic Education Program schools in Indonesia.

Professional Learning Program in Australia

Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE professional learning programs will take place in 2014 between March and May. Selected Australian and Indonesian schools will each nominate two teachers to participate in the professional learning program. The Indonesian teachers will visit Australia for three weeks. The program includes: 

  • A two-day professional learning program on building knowledge and understanding of Australia for Indonesian teachers aimed at providing an overview of Australian culture, society, history and education systems.
  • A four-day professional learning program for Australian and Indonesian teachers focused on building relationships, intercultural understanding, use of social media in teaching and learning to support communication and collaboration, building school partnerships and the sharing of pedagogical practice.
  • A 13-day school visit and homestay program that provides opportunities for Australian teachers and students to interact with Indonesian teachers, experience aspects of Indonesian culture across learning areas, establish the terms and nature of the school partnership, plan for future collaboration and share teaching experiences.
  • A one-day debriefing to reflect on Indonesian teachers experience in Australia and share ways forward for online engagement.

Key Dates

Specific dates for programs offered between March and May will be provided to successful schools following the application round 


To be considered eligible to take part in the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Schools Partnership Project, a school must:

  • Agree to the conditions of participation as outlined in the professional learning program.
  • Nominate two teachers (preferably from different learning areas) to participate in and lead the project.
  • Provide one-day teacher release per participating teacher (two-days will be provided by the project – see funding support below).
  • Host a 2-week school visit for their two Indonesian partner teachers during their time in Australia.
  • Commit to work collaboratively with their Indonesian partner school for at least one year following the Indonesians' visit to Australia.
  • Have written support from the school principal.
  • Have suitable hardware, software, Internet access and IT support.
  • Have an interest in furthering the use of innovative technologies in the school curriculum.

To be eligible, a teacher must:

  • Be able to host their Indonesian partner in their home (or another teacher’s home) and school for up to thirteen days.

  • Be able to travel to Melbourne for four days of professional learning, of which two days may be over a weekend.

  • Commit to working with an Indonesian partner for at least one year following the Indonesians’ visit to Australia through online collaborative projects.

  • Have sound computer skills.
  • Have an interest in furthering the use of innovative technologies in their classroom practice.

  • Be committed to teaching in an Australian school for the next two years.

Funding support

Australian schools will be provided with funding throughout their participation in the Australia-Indonesia Schools Partnership BRIDGE Project. This includes:

  • Domestic transport to Melbourne to attend professional learning program with their Indonesian partner.
  • Accommodation and most meals in Melbourne.
  • Four days of professional learning.
  • Up to $660 teacher relief costs per participating teacher towards participation in the professional learning program in Melbourne.
  • $440 per participating teacher to support project implementation.
  • $440 per participating teacher to support the hosting of their Indonesian partner for 13 days.


A selection panel managed by the Asia Education Foundation will select Australian schools. Applications will be ranked according to the quality of schools' responses to the selection criteria and the support statement provided by the school principal. Only applications that have satisfied the eligibility criteria will be considered.

Privacy statement

All material received from schools by the Asia Education Foundation is accepted on the understanding that such material may only be used:

  • in assessing applications for the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Schools PartnershipProject;
  • in administering the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project; and
  • for the purposes of informing the project funders and the public about the outcomes of the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Schools Partnership Project. 

All information collected or created will be treated in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 which prevents personal information from being disclosed without appropriate consent, unless disclosure is required or authorised by law.

The Asia Education Foundation may publish the names and school of participants of the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Schools Partnership Project for promotion and publicity of the program.

Timeline for applications

The following timeline is indicative only and is subject to change.

Applications open for Australian schools/teachers

12 August 2013

Applications close for Australian schools/teachers

Midnight on 30 September 2013

Successful applicants announced

Late October 2013

Matching of Australian and Indonesian educators

November 2013


BRIDGE Feedback

A remarkable, holistic and creative opportunity to connect and learn with our neighbours in Asia”  Teacher, independent K-12 school in VIC

A fantastic program for raising participant skills in ICT and intercultural understanding/competencies”  Teacher, government middle school in South Sumatra

“An extremely valuable and memorable experience that will impact my life and teaching for years to come”  Teacher, government primary school, WA

“The extensive degree of support, materials, venue, meals and good will, have made it a great experience. As well, the wonderful desire of our Indonesian visitors to give and make this work is inspiring”  Teacher, Catholic K-12 school in VIC


This project is funded by the Australian Government.


The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government or the University of Melbourne.